Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m good at taking a lot of stuff on in life and as a result, I’m really good at keeping myself busy. I can cram a whole load of varied things into my social life.
I haven’t always made the most of my time. I’m 30 now and I look back over my late teens/early twenties when I was a uni student and think I really could have done more with my time (especially since I now work at a university and when I see and hear about all the activities that students have the opportunity to get involved in, I think ‘wow, if only I could have my student days again, I’d do all of those things!’). But somewhere over the last ten years, I’ve become someone who wants to take up as many opportunities as possible and try as many different things I can. And I like that about myself, I really do, but I’ve also learned in more recent times that you have to also make time to relax occasionally, or else it will catch up with you. And then, you’ll be forced to slow down, whether you like it or not.
So, after a super busy and fun month of hen parties and baby showers up and down the country, and with a busy week ahead (which I’m actually really looking forward to!), I planned to take the Bank Holiday weekend we’ve just had and spend it doing very little, other than recharging my batteries. The weekend wasn’t completely without its activities, however. My boyfriend and I were dogsitting a friend’s seven-month-old puppy called Poppy from Friday to Sunday (much to the annoyance of my cat, Theo). But this was perfect because we were able to spend a couple of days just taking the adorable Poppy on a few walks in the countryside around our home and soaking up the beautiful greenery around us before heading home for some indulgent weekend food. Bliss.
Of course, ever the party girl, I couldn’t resist a few cheeky tipples with some friends on Bank Holiday Sunday (and it had been planned for a few weeks anyway), but instead of cramming a load of activities into my weekend alongside this and then feeling exhausted afterwards, I was able to enjoy catching up with friends and be fully ‘present’, rather than knackered.
For so long now, I’ve been telling myself that I have to be ‘on the go’ all the time, rushing from one thing to the next, or else I’ll be missing out on life and opportunities, when, really, I have just been running myself into the ground, not fully enjoying the things I have been doing and neglecting myself in the process.
I still love doing lots of different things with life and I always want to make time to spend with my nearest and dearest, but I’m appreciating more so these days the value of slowing down and taking time out for yourself, so that when you are spending time with your friends and family, you’re able to engage with them better and appreciate the time spent together even more.
There’s no point cramming so much into your life that you forget to actually enjoy the things you’re doing. It defeats the whole object. Who would have thought it, that good ol’ saying really is true – sometimes less really IS more ;-) .
All about You Link Party – come and share what YOU’VE been up to!
This week, I am thrilled to be co-hosting the All About You link party with Zaz from the fantastic Mama and More blog.
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